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October 17, 2013 8:27:50 PM

So after deciding to delve into the depths of building a gaming PC a few months back, I have done a fair bit of research and reading to create the best bang-for-buck build that I can get. My budget is $900 and the build I have come up with is this:

[PCPartPicker part list](http://au.pcpartpicker.com/p/1PSKo) / [Price breakdown by merchant](http://au.pcpartpicker.com/p/1PSKo/by_merchant/) / [Benchmarks](http://au.pcpartpicker.com/p/1PSKo/benchmarks/)Type|Item|Price:----|:----|:----**CPU** | [AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor](http://au.pcpartpicker.com/part/amd-cpu-fd6300wmhkbox) | $135.00 @ PCCaseGear **Motherboard** | [Gigabyte GA-970A-D3P ATX AM3+/AM3 Motherboard](http://au.pcpartpicker.com/part/gigabyte-motherboard-ga...) | $119.00 @ PCCaseGear **Memory** | [Kingston Black 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory](http://au.pcpartpicker.com/part/kingston-memory-khx16c9...) | $109.00 @ Scorptec **Storage** | [Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive](http://au.pcpartpicker.com/part/seagate-internal-hard-d...) | $69.00 @ PCCaseGear **Video Card** | [Gigabyte Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card](http://au.pcpartpicker.com/part/gigabyte-video-card-gvr...) | $225.00 **Wireless Network Adapter** | [Asus PCE-N15 802.11b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter](http://au.pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-wireless-network-c...) | $29.00 @ PCCaseGear **Case** | [Cooler Master NSE-600-KKN2 ATX Mid Tower Case](http://au.pcpartpicker.com/part/cooler-master-case-nse6...) | $89.00 **Power Supply** | [Antec High Current Gamer 520W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply](http://au.pcpartpicker.com/part/antec-power-supply-hcg5...) | $92.00 @ CPL Online **Optical Drive** | [LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer](http://au.pcpartpicker.com/part/lg-optical-drive-gh24ns...) | $25.00 @ PCCaseGear | | **Total**| Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available. | $892.00| Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-18 03:05 EST+1100 |

I have entered a few prices manually as they were cheaper at my local store, but not on PartPicker. Thoughts? I want to get the best value for my dollar, so are there any things on here that you would change? I'd prefer not to go over the $900, but if a little more would boost performance by a lot then please let me know.

Also, as the rig is meant to be for running games at ultra at reasonable framerates on a 60Hz monitor, will a 7870 be enough? I've read conflicting reviews on this card. Also, if I were to crossfire in a year or so, would the driver issues be resolved? Or, with the advent of "new" GPU's, will AMD just ignore these issues and focus on new drivers/software/harware?

On the other hand, would it be feasible to go with an OC GTX 660 and then SLI down the track? (I understand I'd also have to change the mobo). I have seen a 660's going for around 220-ish, so the same price as the 7870. Does it deliver the same performance, and was my idea per described above viable? Or stupid?As you can see, I sorta like the idea of a multi-GPU setup.

Thanks  :) 

*Quick thought, would the FX-6300 bottleneck multi-GPU's? (If that makes sense)*

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October 17, 2013 9:31:04 PM

Looks great, but I would spend a little more for an 8350. I just got a 7870 and it runs BF3 on ultra without issues, really great so fat. It is a decent overclocker, too.
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